Abdul Halik Azeez
Rasamma, 2015
Inkjet Print on Archival Paper  
24cm x 24cm

On 6th –9th January, 2020,

International Centre for Ethnic Studies presented

Recurrence: A conversation among six artists

at the Lionel Wendt Gallery Colombo, Sri Lanka


Abdul Halik Azeez, Hanusha Somasundaram, Nilani Joseph,

with Thamotharampillai Sanathanan,

Chandraguptha Thenuwara

& Jagath Weerasinghe

Six artists speak to each other, and all of us, exploring the ideas of recurrence and resilience in contemporary Sri Lanka.

Two women and four men, from different generations, of different ethnicities, from different geographies, and representing a broad canvas of socio-political backgrounds, reflect on the paradox of a country that has changed rapidly, yet still remains unchanged.

Their work is rooted in their childhood memories and politics of their circumstances. They resonate deeply with collective sentiments shared by many who live on the island.

Through a variety of mediums, these artists reflect, contest and explore achievement, loss, missed opportunities, grief and human resilience, and events that have had an uncanny capacity to recur.

Curatorial Team

  • Hasini Haputhanthri
  • Annemarie de Silva
  • Bandu Manamperi
  • Thisath Thoradeniya

Hanusha Somasundaram
Stain II, 2016
Ink on tea cups
Dimensions variable
Thamotharampillai Sanathanan
Untitled II, 2004
Mixed Media on Paper
75cm x 56cm
Chandragupta Thenuwara
Reminiscence I / Barrelism, 2019
Brass Cast
18cm x 13cm x 13cm
Edition of 15 (#2/15)

Download E Catalogue from here.

Recurrence Exhibition was supported by